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Crew Coach Takes First in Boston

Karen Klinger, head crew coach, raced to a comfortable win October 20 and 21 at the 43rd Head of the Charles regatta, the annual crew team race in Boston.

Klinger, who is 42, raced in the senior masters 8 event (for ages 40 to 50) with the 1980 Boat Club, made up of members of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Games crew team.

“We have a great bunch of women from all over the country in the boat,” said Klinger. “We get together for one practice the day before the race, and then go and race hard.”

Klinger’s team won the event by a margin of 15 seconds with a time of 18 minutes.

“I try to keep up with our [Smith] athletes,” said Klinger. “It’s great to get into a boat, because so much of my coaching is descriptive—how things sound, how they feel, the movement of the boat—that it’s helpful to race every now and then.”

The Head of the Charles has become the world’s largest two-day rowing event and pits more than 7,500 athletes from around the world in 55 different races. An estimated 300,000 spectators attended this year’s regatta.

10/26/07   By Eric Sean Weld
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